Cross-dresser to plead guilty to murder

2013-03-14 11:01

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Cape Town - A Cape Town cross-dresser accused of killing a man in his Sea Point flat intends pleading guilty, it was reported on Thursday.

The Cape Argus reported that Jerome Benjamin, 29, who also goes by the name of Jade September, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Wednesday in connection with the death of 65-year-old Graham Flax.

He reportedly stood in the dock with dyed blonde hair, a short floral skirt, a denim waistcoat and wedge heels.

The court heard that he faced charges of murder, robbery, housebreaking and theft of a motor vehicle.

Benjamin's lawyer Chantal Gillian told the court her client wanted to plead guilty.

Flax was found dead in his home in Beach Road on 3 March. He had been hit on the back of the head with a blunt object and his face was blue. His body was found covered with a duvet. He had been robbed of a cellphone, laptop and car.

According to The Cape Argus, the police said Flax had met Benjamin over the internet and invited him to his home.

Gillian reportedly told the court Benjamin did not want to apply for bail and would remain in custody until the case was finalised.

The matter would resume on 19 April for the outcome of the post mortem report.

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